As we bid farewell to 2020 — a year that challenged us all in many ways — perhaps more than ever we can see the need to build a better world. The news of this year brought many tragedies. But it also brought hope as Baptists put their love of God and neighbor into action.
Here are four groups we were inspired by as we told their stories in this tumultuous year. Perhaps you’ll find them worthy of support.
Baptist World Alliance
As Baptists around the world struggled with coronavirus, the BWA launched into action, creating a fund to support Baptists around the world, launching a virtual Pentecost weekend worship time, and encouraging Baptists during this difficult time.
Want to give? Visit Baptist World Alliance.
Croatian Baptist Aid
In March, as the coronavirus pandemic shut down countries around the world, a massive earthquake struck Croatia. Then in the last week of this difficult year, the Balkan nation again found itself devastated by earthquakes. And Baptists there are among those hurt by the quakes and ministering to their neighbors.
Want to give? Visit Croatian Baptist Aid.
Middle East Bible Outreach (Lebanon)
On Aug. 4, a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Baptists there quickly responded to house and feed the homeless and work on long-term physical and psychological needs. This included groups like Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and the Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development (both of which are funded by the Middle East Bible Outreach).
Want to give? Visit Middle East Bible Outreach.
Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church
On Nov. 25, vandals damaged Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, a historic Black church in rural Callaway County, Missouri, started by enslaved persons before the Civil War. The destruction is significant, and comes after decades of many smaller attacks.
Want to give? Visit Mount Vernon’s giving site (and pick “building fund”)
And don’t forget us. No one brought more coverage about Baptists ministering in these four situations — and many others — than Word&Way. We bring you real news that leads you back to the Good News.
Want to give? Visit Word&Way’s giving site.